The novel coronavirus has brought countries thought to be superpowers of the world to their knees and dealt deadly blows to the economies of many countries, thus, citizens are looking up to their leaders for hope and encouragement to walk through the troubling times.
Ghana’s fight against the virus has been spearheaded by the President, who provides updates on the country’s battle against the virus and how well the situation is being managed to cushion citizens against the impact.
On Sunday, April 5, 2020, President Akufo-Addo gave his 5th address to the nation to provide a brief to the country on the partial 2-week lockdown he imposed.
He announced tax reliefs for frontline health workers, additional allowances for the next three months, absorption of water bills of all Ghanaians for the next three months, increased contact tracing and testing, the introduction of a soft loan system for SMEs and small businesses hit by the pandemic and free transportation for frontline workers, especially health workers among others.
Reacting to the President’s address, the National Youth Organiser of the country’s largest opposition party, National Democratic Congress, George Opare Addo, conceded that the President’s speech inspired hope and people’s needs at this point.
He was, however, quick to add that the government ought to be put on its toes to avoid the tendency where they do not deliver what they have assured.
He also urged party footsoldiers and sympathisers to desist from politicising speeches of the President since it waters down the unity being built to fight the virus as one people.
“I must admit that the speech from the president was an encouraging one but countrymen and women, flowery speeches does not necessarily mean they would be followed through. We are supposed to be united in this fight against COVID-19 but anytime the president speaks then his social media robots begin to politicize the whole process. If we continue like this it will be extremely difficult to defeat this virus.”
“We elect leaders to address challenges that confront the country. We are faced with a crisis and it is expected that those at the helm of affairs will rise up to the challenge. Let’s hold our praises and see how this whole COVID-19 thing will go.”
“If experiences from other countries is anything to go by then I fear to say that we are in for a long haul.
And to those who think elections have already been won by this inept and dishonest government please hold your horses. The impact of COVID 19 on the global economy is far-reaching than we can imagine and will definitely have an effect on our struggling economy that we were made to believe was robust.”
Opare Addo reiterated the need to observe the health and safety protocols attaching, “#SafeHand, #StayHome, #StopTheSpread” to his message on Facebook.
Ghana has confirmed 214 cases of COVID-19 as of close of day Sunday. So far 5 persons have died and the rest are said to be responding to treatment.
About 50 persons, last week, were reported to have been sent home to complete the final stages of their recovery.
President Akufo-Addo disclosed in his address that about 800 persons in mandatory quarantine who tested negative to COVID-19 have been discharged and are being reunited with their families.